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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Restarting an economy: points to ponder from history

When and how fast to reopen the economy is a controversial issue. Reopening will become increasingly difficult with time because there are more opportunities for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 14, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on May 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm | 6 comments | 4029 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Open Letter to SCC Public Health on excessive restrictions, esp Nurseries

I was shocked to see (garden) nurseries become delivery-only businesses in recent update of the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order (^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 18, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 26, 2020 at 1:11 am |
52 comments | 11134 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

America held hostage ... by Congressional Democrats (COVID-19)

If you can't accept that criticism of one political party isn't necessarily advocacy for another, this blog is not for you. Unemployment claims this week were...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 9, 2020
Last comment by Hindsight 20/20, on Apr 15, 2020 at 12:17 am | 22 comments | 7572 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Profiteering off medical equipment and its export unimpeded (COVID-19)

Medical equipment shortages have been in the national headlines for weeks, but a significant part of the problem has been profiteers sending it overseas. Bet most...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 3, 2020
Last comment by mauricio, on Apr 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm | 9 comments | 7282 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Remember the failures for when it's time for fixes: COVID-19

I likely have COVID-19, but mine is so mild that I wouldn't have noticed if I were keeping a normal sleep schedule. But like so, so many others, I will never show...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 27, 2020
Last comment by home front for Corona, on Apr 3, 2020 at 11:11 am | 20 comments | 6869 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

COVID-19: Critiquing News Releases: What's missing + teachable opportunities

"Updated Guidance ... Hosting ... Community Events ... : Ensure ... urge attendees to wash hands often ... If ... not available ... hand sanitizer ..."...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 19, 2020
Last comment by brrrrr market, on Mar 21, 2020 at 10:43 am | 3 comments | 9548 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Preparing for COVID-19: An epidemic is not a hurricane. Panic buying harmful

Emergency preparedness advice in the US is strongly oriented toward hurricanes. No surprise, because hurricanes are the most common major disaster in terms of people...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 3, 2020
Last comment by ‘nobody told me that, nobody knows that’, on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:39 am | 15 comments | 7241 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Underappreciated Unknowns & inexplicable failures

Public complacency about COVID-19 is being promoted by the authorities' message of "Everything is (currently) under control" where the "currently"...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 28, 2020
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Mar 6, 2020 at 5:14 pm | 15 comments | 14560 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Pseudo-Primary for CA Senate District 13: some thoughts

A big frustration with local candidates is that they resist differentiating themselves from their opponents. When pressed, the typical answer is so weak as to be...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2020
Last comment by NeilsonBuchanan, on Feb 28, 2020 at 9:05 am | 4 comments | 7864 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 8236 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Expert witnesses are more than experts. Plus my 7 fundamental impeachment questions

Articles and books bemoaning the public's distrust of "experts" have been appearing for many years. One near constant is the author's refusal to...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 7, 2019
Last comment by Why?, on Dec 15, 2019 at 2:16 am | 43 comments | 8721 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Skeptical of the "skeptics" but not the advocates?

In another blog on this site "^Skeptics, Dupes and Paranoids^" about the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm | 37 comments | 9775 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Anonymous Sources: Facebook and YouTube suppressing important questions and discussion

On Friday night (11/8), Facebook and YouTube announced that they would suppress any postings that included the name of the person widely believed to be the ==I "whistleblower&q...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 12, 2019
Last comment by Pensacola, on Nov 23, 2019 at 11:51 am | 29 comments | 8717 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Moral Panic, again on guns

A moral panic involves masses of people becoming irrational about a problem, both over-estimating how widespread and serious it is and demanding immediate action...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 22, 2019
Last comment by Frohickey, on Sep 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm | 21 comments | 8554 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Support your local whistleblowers (inside social media companies)

The Declaration of Independence is the name of the document, but the war is commonly called the American Revolution because it was much more than a war for independence....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 3, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Aug 5, 2019 at 11:07 am | 26 comments | 6374 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

YouTube punishes publicizing of UK gangs sexually exploiting children

There is corporate PR and then there is reality. The New York Times reported ==I "^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 6, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jun 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm |
6 comments | 6698 Views

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Demonization: Single-family homeowners are deplorables, especially Palo Altans

I have been attempting to produce a summary of the positions and arguments on the collection of bills in the California State Legislature advertised as responses...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 26, 2019
Last comment by Foreigner in the US, on Jun 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm | 43 comments | 7676 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

State Legislature on Housing: Getting the Demos out of Democracy & with it, Accountability

The State Legislature is in the middle of its annual exercise of stripping political power from the citizenry (Demos in Greek = people) and putting it in the hands...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 15, 2019
Last comment by Michael O., on Apr 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm | 9 comments | 6557 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Downtown Commercial Cap: Once more into the breach

Remember when City Council was opposing the conversion of the President Hotel building from affordable housing to a hotel? Seems like just yesterday, but it was...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 10, 2019
Last comment by Deception by Statistics, on Feb 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm | 4 comments | 5536 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

How to Train your City Manager?

Like a dragon, the City Manager is very powerful and sits atop substantial assets, both capital and monetary. As seen in the movie, training a dragon is not about...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 29, 2019
Last comment by Sunshine, on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:04 am | 5 comments | 6014 Views
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